Art

The department aims to ignite an enthusiasm for the subject and give a sense of achievement to all students. We hope to give an understanding of the important contribution art makes to society in general and to us as individuals.

Welcome to Art

The Art Department is passionate about art in all its forms. The department aims to ignite an enthusiasm for the subject and give a sense of achievement to all students. We hope to give an understanding of the important contribution art makes to society in general and to us as individuals. The teaching is designed to unleash the creativity in each child and challenge their perceptions of the world around them.

Pupils will experience a wide variety of different types of art materials and techniques. We aim to develop creativity, problem solving skills and the ability to persevere in our students.

Key Stage 3: This course offers pupils the opportunity to further their creative thinking skills and develop work which communicates their ideas, feelings and meanings. Pupils will reflect on the work of a wide range of artists and designers in both the contemporary world and in different times and cultures. They will learn to make value judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments whilst feeling confident to form their own opinion.

Key Stage 4: The WJEC GCSE Art & Design course aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Learners gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in all varieties of Art and Design.

WJEC GCSE specification involves completing one coursework portfolio starting in Year 10, and an exam portfolio from January in Year 11. Both the coursework and exam portfolios will be graded A* – G. For the final practical exam learners will have the choice of an externally set starting point, which will run over 10 hours in the Art room. Coursework and the externally set exam, has a 60/40 weighting. All work will be marked on the following four Assessment Objectives:

AO1 – Critical Understanding– Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2 – Creative Making– Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3 – Reflective Recording– Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO4 – Personal Presentation– Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

This specification builds knowledge, skills, and understanding for art, craft and design. Learners develop their responses to a range of visual and written stimuli.

This specification provides an opportunity for learners to take a personal interest in why art and design matters. Learners have the opportunity to gain insight into the practices of artists, organisations and creative and cultural industries. Their artwork will provide opportunities for pupils to experiment and take risks with their work, whilst developing their own personal style and focusing on their interests.

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Sixth Form Art

Key Stage 5: The WJEC A Level Art and Design syllabus considers expression and communication. Learners gain an understanding of visual perception and aesthetic experience, and the ways in which art and design creates a language of its own. Most of the work for this syllabus is practical or studio based, so that learners can develop their abilities of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, skill, personal expression and imagination. They also learn how to relate their skills to an enhanced knowledge of their own cultures, past and present, as well as an appreciation of practical design problems.

WJEC AS and A Level Art and Design is a two-year course. In Year 12 learners complete one Coursework portfolio, worth 40 percent of the full A Level grade. In Year 13 learners complete one Personal Investigation portfolio which accounts for 36 percent of the full A Level grade, and an Externally Set Exam which accounts for 24 percent of the full A Level grade. For the final practical exam learners will have the choice of an externally set starting point, which will run over 15 hours in the Art room. All units are graded A* – U.

All work will be marked on the following four Assessment Objectives:

AO1 – Critical Understanding – Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2 – Creative Making – Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3 – Reflective Recording – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO4 – Personal Presentation – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

This specification provides an opportunity for learners to take a personal interest in why art and design matters. Learners have the opportunity to gain insight into the practices of artists, organisations and creative and cultural industries. Their artwork will provide opportunities for pupils to experiment and take risks with their work, whilst developing their own personal style and focusing on their interests.

School Trips: To further enhance the art curriculum we take our learners on engaging trips within the local art community. We make annual trips to the Cayman Islands National Gallery and participate in Cayman Art Week.

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